The Top 10 Things MLS Photos Should NEVER Include

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The Top 10  26  39 Things MLS Photos Should NEVER Include:

Based on some incredible comments, this list now extends beyond the top 10 and now sits at 39! Thanks everyone for adding suggestions in your comments! This may end up being the most conclusive list of items NOT to include in your MLS photos ever!

Special thanks to Randy Lindis who added several. And... Rick Obst!

Also - a special thanks to those who have re blogged and/or intend to redistribute the list!  

  1. Trash cans - Inside and outside. Let's face it, trash cans are not appealing. 
  2. Cars in driveways - I once viewed pictures on the Internet only to relay back to the seller that I know what his license plate number is. He wasn't happy.
  3. Cars in garages - A garage will look far more spacious without the cars.
  4. Unmade beds - Buyers are beginning their search for their home on the Internet. Your unmade bed will hardly draw the buyers into the home.
  5. Tissue boxes, sprays, toilet bowl scrubbers in the bathrooms. 
  6. Pets - Your pets are not for sale. Your house is.
  7. Dead plants - they're simply not the most attractive thing. On top of that, it shows a sign of neglect.
  8. Names on walls - sure the room may be theirs now. However, you want buyers to envision it being their room
  9. People - They, too, are not for sale (smile).
  10. You, the picture taker in the mirror. I see this mostly in bathrooms. I get that most bathrooms are small. However, you can kneel to take the photo.
  11. Toilet seat up - If your photo must include the toilet (and sometimes, there's just no avoiding it), make sure the lid of the seat is put down.
  12. Time/Date stamp on the photo - and like Brian Kuhns says below in the comments, this is ever a good idea unless the house sells within 5 days or less.
  13. TV's on in the background - this can be extremely distracting.
  14. Magnets and clutter on fridge - Eyesores, I tell ya. Eyesores.
  15. Children's toys scattered about - This applies to the inside as well as the outside.
  16. Dirty towels in bathrooms - It literally takes less than a minute to place the towels in the laundry. 
  17. Dirty clothes - especially in the bedrooms. 
  18. Family photos - As Steve Warrene Butler points out, the MLS photos will be all over the Internet. For safety precautions, it's simply makes sense to remove them.
  19. Flash reflecting from mirrors or windows - I too have seen photos where this has happened. It simply doesn't make for a "great" picture.
  20. Dirty dishes in sink and/or counter tops - There's nothing appealing about seeing dirty dishes. Heck, even clean dishes in the dish drain doesn't look good. Simply put - make sure all dishes are taken care of.
  21. Window glare - Seems minor. However, it can also be distracting.
  22. Gun cabinets and guns - for safety reasons, you'll not want these on display in your photos.
  23. Jewelry and jewelry cabinets - as you never know who might be searching the Internet for items such as these.
  24. Large liquor displays - Great that you like liquor. However, some people don't.
  25. High-end electronics - this one may not be as easy to NOT photograph. However, if they can be avoided, great.
  26. Nudity in artwork - may be viewed by a potential buyer as distasteful.
  27. Litter boxes 
  28. Political signs in front yard - My neighbor just put one up and now I can't stand him. Just kidding. You get the point.
  29. Holes in walls or doors - Heck, why not just fix it?
  30. Side view mirror - Really? Seriously? It would take two seconds (okay, maybe 5 seconds) to get out of the car.
  31. Shadow of your thumb or hand near the edges of the picture - Let's not waste a single picture on something so silly.
  32. Prepared food - (especially liver and onions). Okay... I added the liver and onions. But, you never know what the potential buyers like or dislike.
  33. Heavy snow drifts in front or back yards - At times I'm sure these are difficult to avoid. However, it's worth the cost of the shovel, and the effort that goes along with it, for sure.
  34. Lots of long icicles hanging from the eaves - Some are pretty, I get that. But, for those visiting the home first-hand, they could be hazardous.
  35. Dead stuffed animals - some people may be offended.
  36. Religious or highly ethnic paraphernalia 
  37. Hoses - especially those strewn over the yard. 
  38. People sleeping in beds - Unless you add zzzzz's over their head and a caption that reads  "leave me alone, I'm sleeping", it should be avoided.
  39. Rival sports teams 
This top 10 things MLS photos should never include was created based on my own experience as a professional home stager in Atlanta.  As you can see, the list has now grown to 39 based on the comments.

Feel free to add to the list!
 
Update: The list will continue to grow based on the ever-supportive and oh-so-knowledgeable Active Rainers!
 
 
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Rainmaker
152,751
Suzi Sandore
Keller Williams North County - San Marcos, CA
North County San Diego Homes

How about Christmas trees in April? Go back and retake the photos after the holidays!

Oct 30, 2012 08:43 PM #92
Rainmaker
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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Kathy, I have to admit, I've commited a few errors in MLS photos. Live and learn I guess. I think I've avoided making the same mistake twice.

Oct 30, 2012 09:22 PM #93
Rainmaker
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

What a Great List Kathy! It's unfortunate how many of these things we see in MLS photos! Fortunately if we all show this post to everyone we know than maybe the bad pix will stop...

Oct 31, 2012 02:11 AM #94
Rainmaker
818,185
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Homes

Great list Kathy & right on the mark.

Like what Carla said above, winter photos in the summer or summer photos in the dead of winter.  It says 'how long has this house been ont he market?'

Oct 31, 2012 05:25 AM #95
Rainmaker
267,880
Tamara Inzunza
RE/MAX Executives / www.MovingToNova.com / 703-623-8759 - Alexandria, VA
Homes for Sale In Alexandria VA & South County

Glad to see pets and up toilet seats make the cut.  Two things that I can't stand to see in MLS photos.

Oct 31, 2012 06:28 AM #96
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"New Franklin MA Homes"

Hi Kathy.....that's a pretty thorough list of what not to have in photos....

Oct 31, 2012 06:56 AM #97
Rainmaker
238,116
Lee Jinks
Greater McAllen Association of REALTORS® - McAllen, TX
Oct 31, 2012 06:58 AM #98
Rainer
5,199
Candice DeFore
Gladwin, MI

what a great idea for #10, always wondered how to get away from that! love the list!

Oct 31, 2012 06:59 AM #99
Rainmaker
206,879
Ann Nguyen
Dickson Realty - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale
Kathy, This is a great checklist. I will make sure to have a print copy with whenever I go out and take pictures from now on.
Oct 31, 2012 07:32 AM #100
Rainer
137,715
Mihir Gandhi
Century 21 Superstars Award - Placentia, CA
Real Estate in Placentia & North O.C. CA
Some of these can slip in or go unnoticed very easily, so it is good to have this list for reference. Thank you.
Oct 31, 2012 08:23 AM #101
Rainmaker
57,920
Patricia Ebrahimi
SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant - Rockville, MD
Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD
Guns and other weaponry, except perhaps antique, decorative Samurai swords and the like are offensive and/or scary to many.
Nov 01, 2012 05:04 AM #102
Rainmaker
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Patricia Ebrahimi
SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant - Rockville, MD
Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD
Oops! Thought I had read the list carefully, but I missed guns.
Nov 01, 2012 05:05 AM #103
Rainmaker
80,546
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Kathy, these seem to be common sense, but I can honestly say that I've seen MLS photos with almost every one of these no-nos. Some people just don't get it. I would agree with all except maybe #13: A TV on and tuned to a beautiful landscape or some kind of pleasing image is better in some cases than seeing a huge "black hole" in the photo.

Nov 01, 2012 10:21 AM #104
Rainer
21,924
Don Duvall
Chapman Hall, REALTORS, Atlanta, GA - Northlake, GA

So you're telling me I shouldn't have had a photo in a previous listing showing a nude drawing the husband made of his wife?? Or of the rottweiler or 600 lb pig in the back yard?!

Just kidding. I steered clear of those obstacles for the photos! Unfortunately I couldn't get the sellers to remove any of them. When anyone went to see the bedrooms, the woman's backside was greeting them from the end of the hall--and the pig, plus the loud rottweiler, were detriments in the back yard.

That seller has her license now. I hope she reads this posting. <sigh>

Nov 05, 2012 03:32 PM #105
Rainmaker
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John Pusa
Sellstate Pacific Realty - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Kathy - Thank you for the detailed list of information about the top ten things MLS photos should never include.

Nov 05, 2012 06:20 PM #106
Ambassador
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate

Great list and well worthy of the reblog that it is about to get. Thank you!

Nov 06, 2012 05:33 AM #107
Rainmaker
486,468
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Thanks everyone for your comments. I just noticed that this post has been re-blogged 17 times. I'm so glad it was useful for so many.

Kathy

Nov 06, 2012 05:39 AM #108
Rainmaker
575,864
Mark Loewenberg
Keller Williams of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
PA 561-214-0370

maybe the house should be vacant?  that is a l o n g list!  just kidding but great tips for folks to learn about.

Nov 06, 2012 06:34 AM #109
Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

That's funny, Mark. I've actually staged for a homeowner and they did indeed move out. Of course, I brought everything in (furniture and accessories) and made it look dreamy (smile).

Kathy

Nov 06, 2012 06:59 AM #110
Rainmaker
262,986
Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Kathy, by the number of comments alone, this is a great blog.  I could add more, but you have an excellent list.

Feb 05, 2013 02:28 PM #111
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